When Killing 2,996 People IS Like Killing All of Mankind

In the history of the modern world, there probably was never a more representative sample of humanity than the nearly three thousand people whose life was brutally snuffed out on September 11, 2001.

So many innocent people dying a horrible death, some blown to bits; others burnt alive by exploding jet fuel; still others falling or jumping to their death in the plaza below to escape the fire above; the survivors of the initial attack crushed between slabs of concrete as the buildings collapsed, their lives squeezed out of them like so much toothpaste.

They gave truth to a lie that was a snippet of verse 5:32 about "whoever kills a soul ... is like one who has killed the whole of mankind" which was repeated ad nausea in the days that followed their deaths by influential people who should have known better.

President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, journalists, Islamic scholars and others echoed this “politically correct fabrication” said the Chairman of the British National Party “to avoid an explosion of hostility against Muslims” by leaving the impression that the central message of the Koran is all about peace and love; that “Islam… is Christianity with a towel on its head.”

Jesus v. Muhammad

Revelation 5:32 was proof, clerics and community leaders argued, that Allah did not approve of the attacks, conveniently leaving out the portion about retaliation (underlining mine).

5:32 For that reason (the murder of Abel by Cain), We decreed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul, not in retaliation for a soul or corruption in the land, is like one who has killed the whole of mankind; and whoever saves a life is like one who saves the lives all of mankind. Our Messengers came to them with the clear proofs; but afterwards many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.

In the next verse, the fabrication is even more evident as Allah, by equating "corrupting the land" to fighting Him and His Messenger, is effectively making all unbelievers eligible for a gruesome death at the discretion of the believers.

5:33 Indeed, the punishment of those who fight Allah and His Messenger and go around corrupting the land is to be killed, crucified, have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or to be banished from the land. That is a disgrace for them in this life, and in the life to come theirs will be a terrible punishment.

Bernard Payeur